Making a New Year’s resolution is an optimistic way to look forward, and millions of people follow the practice. Studies have shown that fewer than 20 percent of New Year’s resolutions are followed through, however only for a limited time. Still, that moment of optimism is valuable, and you should take advantage of it.

So, what would make 2019 a truly “new year”, or the beginning of a better future?

Here are 5 Simple Tips for Keeping Your New Year’s Resolution:

 

  1. Make a Bucket List for the New Year

We think everyone should have a Bucket List or a “To Experience” list. Here’s why:

– Bucket lists make you stop and think what you actually want to experience in this lifetime.

– Bucket lists remind you that life is short and we should live it to its fullest.

– Bucket lists increase our happiness because they give us both hope and curiosity (2 essential ingredients for happiness).

 

  1. Focus on the Process and Make It Enjoyable

To focus on the process or your effort is more empowering than a fleeting stab at a win. After all, we are the only ones who know what effort we give to a project or goal. That’s where progress is made and lost, and where we have to self-manage to get to an objective.

 

  1. Set Mini Goals and Take Small Steps Daily

If you want to succeed, you need to set goals. Without goals you lack focus and direction. Goal setting not only allows you to take control of your life’s direction; it also provides you a benchmark for determining whether you are actually succeeding. Think about it: having a million dollars in the bank is only proof of success if one of your goals is to amass riches. If your goal is to practice acts of charity, then keeping the money for yourself is suddenly contrary to how you would define success.

 

  1. Write Your Goals Down and Use Checklists

To accomplish your goals, however, you need to know how to set them. You can’t simply say, “I want” and expect it to happen. Goal setting is a process that starts with careful consideration of what you want to achieve, and ends with a lot of hard work to actually do it. In between, there are some very well-defined steps that transcend the specifics of each goal. Knowing these steps will allow you to formulate goals that you can accomplish.

 

  1. Make Goals That Are Attainable and Measurable

Be SMART .

  • Specific – What exactly do you want to achieve?

         – Where?

         – How?

          -When?

          -With whom?

          -What are the conditions and limitations?

          -Why exactly do I want to reach this goal? What are possible alternative ways of achieving the same?

 

  • Measurable – Identify exactly what it is you will see, hear and feel when you reach your goal. It means breaking your goal down into measurable elements. Measurable goals can go a long way in defining what exactly it is that you want, too. Defining the physical manifestations of your goal or objective makes it clearer, and easier to reach.
  • Attainable – Is your goal attainable? There’s nothing wrong with shooting for the stars; if you aim to make your department twice as efficient this year as it was last year with no extra labor involved, how bad is it when you only reach 1,8 times? Not too bad…
  • Relevant – Is reaching your goal relevant to you? Do you actually want to run a multinational, be famous, have three children and a busy job? You decide for yourself whether you have the personality for it, or your team has the bandwidth.
  • Timely – Time is money!. We all know that its deadlines that makes most people switch to action. So install deadlines, for yourself and your team, and go after them. Keep the timeline realistic and flexible, that way you can keep morale high.